Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

“The way I feel about him is like a heartbeat—soft and persistent, underlying everything”

(Albertalli 201).

Goodreads synopsis: Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

Rating: 4.75 out of 5 stars!

Spoiler-free review: PREPARE FOR A CUTENESS OVERLOAD!!! This book was so sweet! I couldn’t stop smiling! Seriously, by the end of it, my cheeks hurt! 😂 I absolutely adored Simon! His personality was so endearing and he was just a wonderful character to read about! I also loved how REAL this book was! The characters were definitely not perfect, which made this book that much more wholesome! Also, I really enjoyed reading the emails between Blue and Simon! They were so funny! Both of them are so awkward and just so adorable! ❤️

I loved the author’s style, and I can’t wait to read more books by her! Leah on the Offbeat and The Upside of Unrequited are definitely next on my TBR list! I actually watched Love, Simon about two years ago, and the book was A LOT different from it! Like completely different! Thankfully, I didn’t remember Blue’s actual identity, so it was a surprise for me too! I was definitely tempted to do some sluething on the internet, but I restrained! I’m so proud of myself! 😂 I do think that I liked the book better than the movie though. It was much more detailed, and I loved reading about Simon! He’s definitely one of my favorite protagonists I’ve read about! EVER!!

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book! It was so cute! I loved the ending, and there were so many magical scenes in this book that were to-die-for! I would highly recommend this book if you like rom-coms and LGBTQIA+ contemporary books! It was so sweet and I absolutely loved it!!

Thank you so much for reading! I also want to thank Echo, from Echo of Thoughts, for recommending this book to me! I enjoyed reading it so much!! Her blog is absolutely amazing, so be sure to check it out! ❤️ Have any of y’all read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda before? Or watched Love, Simon? I would love to hear your thoughts on either of them in the comments below! I hope that you have a wonderful day and stay safe!! —Rishika 😋

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Citation for picture: Albertalli, Becky. “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.” Amazon , 2016,

6 thoughts on “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

  1. I’m so glad you liked this book! I mean, Simon is so cute, and the emails between him and Blue? They were to die for, I just loved reading them so much! Your review was great, it was interesting to hear your thoughts. And THANK YOU for recommending my blog, you’re such a kind person. (:

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    1. Yes, Simon was so cute!! I loved him! And BLUE!! Oh my gosh, I was practically melting in my seat!! They were absolutely adorable! ❤️
      Of course!! Thank you for recommending such an amazing book to me! 😄

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      1. The pleasure is mine. I mean shouldn’t every romance and YA lover read this book? Think I’ll re-read it tomorrow (if the library’s open…). (:

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